Sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities: prevention strategies for clinical practice 

 

Author(s)McEachern, Adriana G.
Title Sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities: prevention strategies for clinical practice
Source Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 2012, Vol 21, No 4, pp 386-398.
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary This article reviews a number of studies conducted on the sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities including the limited research that is available assessing the effectiveness of sexual abuse prevention programs. The author provides a detailed discussion of related clinical issues and clinical effects including the increased vulnerability to victimisation of individuals with disabilities and prevention strategies for clinical practice such as awareness and advocacy and training needs. Some suggested clinical prevention strategies include early prevention through conversations with parents and care-givers, prevention workshops for adults, and support groups. The author recommends that prevention training programs for children and adults with disabilities should be regularly implemented by all the service providers who provide services to individuals with disabilities such as diversity service agencies, schools, law enforcement agencies and health providers.
Keywords Disability; sexual abuse; prevention; child abuse
Topic Disability